An open letter to David Cameron

9 February 2012

Dear Mr Cameron,

Why is a Conservative-led coalition pursuing ‘gender balance in the boardroom’?

Along with many other Conservative voters, I read with despair in today’s newspapers about your continuing drive towards quotas for women in boardrooms. This is, however, only one manifestation of the pursuit of radical feminist agendas which has been a hallmark of your leadership of the Conservative party since 2005. Another was your introduction of women-only PPC shortlists in 2009, enabled by legislation introduced by Harriet Harman in 2008, which enabled parties to employ PPC shortlists for the ensuing 25 years. I covered all this at length in David and Goliatha: David Cameron – heir to Harman? Given that you saw fit to appoint a Labour peer – Lord Davies of Abersoch – to review ‘gender balance in the boardroom’, we shouldn’t be surprised by your fondness for quotas. But quotas for any group are an assault on the principle of meritocracy, and Conservative voters find them both condescending and offensive.

You repeat the radical feminist assertion of a link between women in leadership positions and business performance. Independent researchers – i.e. not feminist ideologues – know of no such link. If you disagree, perhaps you would be so good as to provide me with evidence for the link? I refer you to my analysis of the persisting causes of ‘boardroom gender imbalance’ in The Glass Ceiling Delusion.

Wherever we look in your administration we see the triumph of radical feminist thinking, firmly based on the hatred of men. I recommend you and your colleagues take time out of your busy schedules to read Swayne O’Pie’s Why Britain Hates Men: Exposing Feminism. The reader is left in no doubt that hatred of men (misandry) both underpins and fuels feminist thinking and activities, and has long had a considerable influence upon governments, including the present one.

Finally, I have posted a copy of this ‘open letter’ on my blog

Yours sincerely,

Mike Buchanan


About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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